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Hulu unveils originals slate

January 10, 2014

By Colin Mann

As it competes to match the online exclusives of rival entertainment streaming services, US platform Hulu has unveiled a range of programming for 2014.

Writing in the Hulu blog, Charlotte Koh head of development, Hulu Originals, says: “Today, we’re announcing some of the great television you can expect to see only on Hulu throughout the year.  I’m very excited about the year ahead, as 2014 will be another huge leap forward for Hulu in original programming, as we will be offering more of the latest and greatest television shows exclusively to our five million Plus subscribers and 30 million users.

We hope that one of your New Year’s resolutions includes watching something new on our service. Perhaps that something new is a comedy about a ghost exterminator, or a Nordic crime drama, or a show that takes place in a faraway, exotic setting…such as Orlando.

If these ideas pique your interest, then take a peek at Deadbeat starring Tyler Labine as a man whose life revolves around helping ghosts reach the afterlife. Or check out the original Scandinavian version of The Bridge, or at the ever-amusing Hotwives of Orlando, respectively. All three are new shows coming exclusively to Hulu this year and are welcome additions to our growing slate of distinctive premium television.”

She continues: “As spring and summer approach, we’ll celebrate the return of popular shows such as the animated adventures of The Awesomes and the singularly hilarious Quick Draw, both back for a second season. We’re also bringing back another heartbreakingly funny season of docu-series Behind the Mask later in the year.

In addition to misfit superheroes, a Harvard-educated sheriff, and a trio of mascots, you could spend some quality time with a vicar, an imaginary friend, and some misguided youths, with subsequent seasons of hit comedies Rev., Moone Boy, Pramface, and Fresh Meat.

There will be plenty for drama fans, too, as we’ll unveil new seasons of East Los High and Line of Duty. We’ll also be the exclusive home for dance drama The Next Step. And let’s not forget the real life dramas happening in season seven of The Only Way is Essex and season two of Elite New Face.”

“Whether in the comfort of your living room or on-the-go watching on tablets and phones, our New Year’s resolution is to help you discover your new favourite television show or two (or ten) – only on Hulu,” she concludes.

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